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THE 

MAGNETIC ORGANIZATION 



OF THE 



HUMAN SYSTEM, 



AND IT.S APPLICATION TO 



THE CURE OF CHRONIC DISEASES. 





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Br II. H. Sherwood's Successor, 

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1850. 



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MAGNETIC ORGANIZATION OF THE HUMAN SYSTEM, 



AND ITS APPUGAT ON TO THE COHK OF 



CHRONIC DISEASES 



NOTICE. 

By the lamented death of the late H. H. Sherwood, M. D., the re- 
sponsibility of continuing his medical practice and the preparation of his 
magnetic remedies, has, by his last directions and testamentary disposi- 
tion, devolved upon us. In the pursuance of the medical treatment 
adopted By him in all diseases of a tuberculous nature, we have thought 
it desirable to present to the public the prominent characteristics of his 
system and mode of cure, in a more brief and popular form than is con- 
tained in his larger published works. We have therefore condensad 
from them, in this pamphlet, his views of the motive power-of the hu- 
man system, and of the nature and operation of his magnetic remedies. 
During the last fifteen years many thousands of persons, in every part 
of the country, have been cured of tuberculous or scrofulous disease by 
the treatment of Dr. Sherwood, and the requests we are daily receiving 
for information are so numerous, and from so many distant quarters, 
that we find it almost impossible to give them attention. "We believe 
that the present pamphlet, which can readily be mailed to any part or 
the Union or to foreign countries, will furnish the information required 
in a more satisfactory and complete manner than we could do by a 
direct correspondence. 



The theory upon which Dr. Sherwood's Motive Power of the Human 
System is founded, is the result of that inductive process which has 
elicited the true causes of universal motion and the laws by which it is 
governed and receives a striking corroboration from the experiments 
with the electro-magnetic rings hereafter described, which any of our 
readers can test for themselves by actual demonstration From those 



MAGNETIC ORGANIZATION 

laws of motion which are found to bo constantly in operation in the 
organization of the human system, are deduced new and invariable 
symptoms of those diseases which belong to the class, hypertrophy — 
or chronic swellings of the organs and limbs, and these laws of magnetic 
motion explain the causes of their phenomena. 

The effect of the common practice in this class of chronic diseases, 
has long been known to be either entirely inoperative in most cases, or 
positively injurious if cairied beyond the purpose of temporary pallia- 
'tion. In this belief, which we deem to be that of all the most intelli- 
gent and learned of the medical faculty, Dr. Sherwood commenced the 
investigation of the primary phenomena of this class of diseases as early 
as the year 1809, and the result of his researches has been the discov- 
ery. of the new and unerring symptoms by which to distinguish this dis- 
ease in any of the organs or limbs, and the proper mode of applying a 
remedy, which has given to his peculiar practice the celebrity and 
success it has obtained. 

Upon a careful examination of all the organs of the body, as the 
brain, eyes, heart, lungs, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidney, cystis, uterus, 
stomach, and intestines, we find them all without exception covered 
with a kind of skin called a serous membrane, in which is enclosed an 
incalculable number of minute glands or elementary organs, with ducts 
terminating in open orifices on the surface of these membranes, liko 
those of the common covering of the body. The glands of both struc- 
tures are found on examination of the orifices, of these ducts to excrete 
an aqueous or watery fluid, by which these surfaces are constantly 
maintained in a humid or moist state. The great quantity of this fluid 
Keen running oft' from the skin, and its accummulation in the cavities 
containing the organs, when these glands are excited to inordinate 
action, attest both the perfection of their mechanism and their fitness 
for their specific use. 

If we now proceed to examine the membrane which lines the interna] 
parts of the body, we shall find it, with slight modifications, character- 
ized by the same structure as the serous membranes which we ha7e 
described This modification principally consists in its having a villous 
instead of a serous surface, like the serous membranes. We find the 
whole track of the alimentary canal, including the mouth, oesophagus, 
stomach, and intestines, lined with this membrane, as well as the inter- 
nal parts of every organ, including even the ventricles cf the brain. 
On a minute examination of the structure of these internal membranes, 
which we shall term the mucous membranes to distinguish them from 
the serous or external membranes, we find them, like the latter, inclosing 
a great number of little glands or villi, as they are termed, having, like 
the papillary glands of the skin, their appropriate arteries, veins, and 
ducts terminating with open orifices on the surface. They are further 
characterized by numerous little cavities, crypts, or follicles, which have 
more or less a spheriodal shape, and which also open upon tue surface 
of these membranes. These ducts and follicles are found to be filled 
with a semi-fluid, or mucus, which is constantly issuing from then, and 
which spreads upon these membranous surfaces. 

In pursuing this subject, we have thus found two different kinds of 
surfaces in the organization of the body, disposed in two different ways, 
ind covered with two different kinds of fluids. "We find also that the 



Or THE HTIMAN SYSTEM. 3 

excretions from the skin and serous membranes are more or less acid, 
and those from the mucous or internal membranes more or less alkaline.* 
They are sometimes so strongly acid and alkaline as to excite the atten- 
tion of the most common observer. The acid is found to be the muria- 
tic, and the alkali is found to be soda and muriate of soda, or common 
salt. The acids and alkalies, which possess directly opposite qualities, 
and have at the same time the strongest affinities for each other, are 
universally diffused in the earth, as well as in the vegetable and animal 
kingdoms. Now it is satisfactorily ascertained from repeated experi- 
ments, that each of these different kinds of matter gives out constantly 
an innate and different kind of magnetic or electric force, the alkaline or 
positive matter giving out the negative force, and the acid or negative 
matter giving out the positive force. The positive matter then, on the 
internal surfaces of the body and organs, is constantly giving out thft 
tive force, and the negative matter on the external surfaces of the 
body and organs the positive force. On a further examination of the 
human structure, we find four hundred and thirty-six muscles of differ- 
ent forms, disposed in different ways, for the purpose of producing mo- 
tion. We know that they are formed for this purpose, for we can see 
that some of them expand, and others contract, when we move the body 
and limbs. 

Now it is a remarkable fact, that every one of these four hundred 
and thirty-six muscles, which thus produce motion in different parts ol 
the body, is covered with a membrane, the outer surface of which has a 
serous, and the inner side a mucous surface ; hence these membranes 
are called muco-serous membranes. All these different surfaces, then, 
like those of the skin and membranes of other parts of the body, are 
covered with different kinds of matter, presenting together immense sur- 
faces, from which constantly issue two forces of different kinds. 

The reader who has seen a common galvanic battery, cannot fail to 
observe that this arrangement of surfaces corresponds with that of the 
different metallic surfaces of the battery. He will also notice, that 
these forces, thus maintained on these membranous surfaces, exactly 
correspond with those necessarily maintained on different surfaces of 
the battery. The two forces are conducted from the two metallic sur- 
faces to the poles of the battery by two metallic wires, and if we can now 
find conductors to convey the forces from the skin and different mem- 
branous surfaces to poles, the resemblance will be complete and satis- 
factory. 

In pursuing this object we first find numerous minute threads, called 
nerves, penetrating the little glands of the skin, surfaces and mucous 
membranes, and every fibre of a muscle. On tracing these nerves, we 
see them uniting together and increasing in size in proportion to the dis- 
tance from these surfaces, and at length conjoining with the spinal cord. 
The spinal cord is formed into four columns, united first with a broad 
base, and then with the brain. 

These forces are therefore conducted from the skin and membranous 
surfaces, and concentrated in the brain to form poles, or a motive power 

» For a corroboration of Dr. Sherwood's statements upon these points, we would 
refer to an interesting account of the experiments and conclusions of M. Donne, 
contained in the Medico-Chirurgical Review, for Jan., 1837. 



MAGNETIC ORGANIZATION. 



to put in motion this apparently complicated yet really simple ma 

ohinery. 

This structure, arrangement, and order of the different parts ot ino 
human hody, were well known to Malpighi, Ruysch, Haller, Hunter, and 
Bichat and are recognized by every anatomist of the present age. and 
now present to our view a galvanic battery altogether superior to any 
thing ever made by man. 

The cut, fig. 1., gives a general view of the nerves of the limbs, of t!io 
spinal cord, and of the connection of the spinal nerves, all of which are 
well known to he good conductors of galvanic forces. 

Fig. 1. 



A back view of the spinal nerves 
connected with the organs and limbs, 
and with the brain ♦brough the spinal 
cord. 

Also, a view of a perpendicular 
section of the back part of the brain. 

A. Cerebrum. 

B. Cerebellum. 




After this brief general view of the motive forces of the human 
system, showing their nature and connection first with the spinal cord, 
and from thence to the brain, Dr. Sherwood proceeds to demonstrate, 
by a careful and minute dissection of its structure, the regular magnetic 
organization of the brain itself, and to point out the position of its mag 
netie poles. This part of the subject he has illustrated by numerous 
plates, which our limits will not allow us to insert. The result of his 



OF THE HUMAN SYSTEM. 5 

observations upon this point, was that the brain has five magnetic poles, 
the chief and most powerful one in the centre, and four smaller ones in 
the circumference. The magnetic organization of the brain which he 
has announced as an invariable law, he has corroborated in a very sur- 
prising and beautiful manner, by repeated experiments with circular 
steel plates, subject to the action of a common galvanic battery, for 
the details of which we must refer to his published works. By these 
experiments it was found, that if iron filings be strcwd over the surface 
of any circular plate, and thus be subjected to the action of the galvanic 
battery, they will be immediately arranged by the action of the mag- 
netic forces into five separate points or poles, similar to those of the 
brain ; one large one in the centre, and four smaller ones in the circum 
ference. After thus pointing out the concentration of the magnetic 
forces to the poles of the brain, Dr. Sherwood proceeds to show their 
mode of operation in producing the various voluntary and involuntary 
motions of the body. It is a well-known law of the galvanic or mag- 
netic forces, that magnetic poles of the same denomination repel, and 
those of opposite denominations attract, each other, with a force pro- 
portioned to the quantity of these forces in given spaces, and also that 
when they repel they expand, as is seen in the case of iron filings attached 
to the poles of the same denominations, and that when they attract they 
contract, as is seen in the case of iron filings attached to poles of op- 
posite denominations. The two poles then of the same denomination, 
in the opposite hemispheres of the brain, may through the spinal nerves 
attached to these hemispheres, expand one set of muscles on one side of 
the body, limb, or organ, at the same time that those of the opposite de- 
nomination contract the antagonist muscles on the other; for the muscles, 
like the organs and nerves, are necessarily double, for the purpose of 
producing motion by their simultaneous action. Thus one set of muscles 
is expanded by the repulsive force from the magnetic poles, while the 
other is contracted by the attractive force, in the same way that me 
tallic filings are expanded by the repulsive, or contracted by the attrac- 
tive forces from the poles, of the common galvanic battery. The same 
law is then shown to be in operation in the motion of the fluids in the 
human body, by an analysis of the action of the heart, liver, spleen, and 
other organs. 

Every repulsion of a fluid in elastic bodies produces an expansion, 
and every attraction is succeeded by a contraction, according to the law 
of the magnetic forces already referred to as constantly in operation in 
the organization of the human system. Every repulsion of the heart 
repels, or pushes the fluids in the arteries, and every attraction draws 
the fluids in the absorbent vessels. The motions of the pulse corres- 
pond exactly with these laws, for every repulsion is succeeded by an 
expansion of the artery, and every attraction by a contraction of it, and 
as every organ of the body in its natural or healthy state is constantly 
excreting from ita internal surface an alkaline, or positive matter, which 
gryea forth a negative force, and from its external surface an acid mat- 
ter, developing a positive force, the magnetic currents are continually in 
motion towards their corresponding poles, as in the common galvanic 
battery 

Our hmuea space will not permit us to explain in detail the manner 
in which Br Sherwood proves the operation of the same laws in the 



5 MAGNETIC ORGANIZATION. 

attraction of the chyle from the mass in the intestines, of lymph from 
the lymphatic glands, and fluids from the stomach, and their convey- 
ance to the heart ; uor to follow his further minute development of the 
system by which the fluids are attracted to the centre of the body, and 
tie motive power by which they are repelled from it. We can also 
only allude here to his very interesting account of the manner in which 
the whole jrlandular system has a direct magnetic connection with the 
brain through the spinal cord — one class by the nerves of sensation, and 
the other by the motor nerves, or nerves of motion. 

Having thus shown a complete magnetic organization to be the 
motive power of the human system, and the sustaining principle of al! 
the vital functions. Dr. Sherwood next proceeds to illustrate that the 
cause of all chronic diseases is the derangement or disturbance of the 
usual or natural action of these magnetic forces in the human system. 
If an organ or limb becomes swollen or tuberculated, it follows from 
the law of the magnetic forces, that the repulsive or expansive force 
within the organ is prevailing over its attractive or contractive force ; 
and to reduce the swellings it is necessary that the contractive or ne- 
gative force should prevail over the expansive or positive force. 

Nature frequently cures cases of this disease by a change in the 
action of the forces, in this order : thousands of cases of tubercular 
diseases of the stomach, intestines, and liver, under the names of fevers, 
diarrhoeas, and dysenteries, produced in the hot months, when the 
repulsive and expansive force in the atmosphere is prevailing over its 
attractive and contractive force, are cured in the cool months, when the 
attractive and contractive force of the atmosphere is prevailing over the 
repulsive and expansive force. When the hot weather commences, 
then those diseases begin to appear ; and when the change of season 
gives to cool weather the ascendant, they begin to disappear, as is well 
known to the most common observers. 

If we can now find means to counteract the force by which the 
organs and limbs are thus diseased or expanded, we shall not only be 
able to assist nature in repairing the injuries sustained during the pro- 
gress of these expansions in the hot months, but we shall be able to 
repair the injuries in the cases in which these natural influences have 
failed, owing to the settled or chronic character of the disease. In 
the natural constitution of matter, we find that there are two great 
divisions in the earth, one of which has a contractive, and the other 
an expansive force, or these forces greatly predominate over the op- 
posite forces. We allude to the acids and alkalies. And as the mu- 
riatic acid, or the chlorine gas, concentrated in the muriate of soda, 
forms the basis of most of the other acids of our earth, so it is probable 
that soda, or a gas concentrated in it, forms the base of the greatest 
number of alkaline bodies. However this may be, we know that 
chlorine, combined with other negative matter, has a strong power of 
contraction, and soda, united with other positive matter, a strong power 
of expansion. By these means we can convey to the tuberculated 
organs and limbs, constantly and steadily, a harmless negative matter, 
in quantities sufficient to make the attractions and contractions in the 
organs and limbs prevail over the repulsions and expansions, which 
will cure these diseases in their first stages as uniformly as they are 
produced. 



Or THE HUMAN SYSTEM. 

Physicians have long been in the habit of prescribing chlorine for 
their p?i : -ots, combined with negative matter, with mercury, under the 
names of chloride of mercury, commonly called muriate or oxy -muriate 
of mercury, and sub-chloride of mercury, or calomel, and with iron, 
commonly called muriate of iron ; and occasionally with gold, under the 
name of per-chloride of gold. 

These, with iodine, to which I have already referred, are the reme- 
dies principally relied on by physicians to cure or palliate this class of 
diseases. They are, however, differently selected, improperly com- 
pounded, and prescribed in doses differing according to the diversities 
of medical opinion, although generally in quantities exceedingly injuri 
ous. The difference in the intervals of time, also, in which these reme- 
dies are directed to be taken, is very great: and the result of such 
practice is that which might very naturally be expected ; an almost 
constant failure in curing the disease, and consequently an entire want 
of confidence in their efficiency. 

We have, on the contrary, very successfully, during a period of more 
than twenty-five years, prescribed chlorine, united with gold and other 
negative matter, (by laborious processes which it would be both tedious 
and useless to describe here, and powerfully magnetized,) in the form of 
a pill, in the same quantity and in the same intervals of time, in all con- 
ditions of patients affected with chronic diseases of this class. 

As the series of lymphatic glands or secreting organs along the spi- 
nal column, and their satellites around the vertebrae, with the spinal 
nerves, are involved more or less in the disease of the organs with 
which they are connected, a plaster also is used composed of bitumen 
and iron, placed on the spine, for the purpose of making the skin under 
it excrete a mucous or positive matter, instead of its natural aeriform or 
negative matter during the progress of the cure ; and for the same rea- 
son, the plaster is also applied over the white swellings of any part of 
the body, joints or limbs. Large quantities of magnetic forces are 
evolved in the process of the decomposition of these remedies in the 
organs, and on the surface of the skin, which increases the strength of 
the primary and consecutive poles situated within the organs, gradually 
reduce the tuberculated organs and limbs; remove the compression of 
the nerves and re-establish the natural action of the motive power of'the 
system. 

The influence of magnetism on animals in augmenting the force of 
the contractions and expansions of the muscles, and in altering the mor- 
bid and establishing the natural secretions, has been proved by a great 
number of facts. The experiments of Dr. Phillip are so well known to 
the medical and philosophical world, that it is almost an act of super- 
erogation to repeat them ; but as this little work is intended for all 
classes of readers, we deem it advisable to introduce an abstract of 
them. Dr. Philip ' : found that the secretion of the gastric juice in the 
stomach, which had been suspended by the division of the eighth pair 
of nerves, was restored on establishing the voltaic current of electricity 
through the divided portion of the nerves next to the stomach. The 
accuracy of the experiments on which this conclusion is founded, was 
for a long time disputed ; but it has been lately satisfactorily establish- 
ed, by their careful repetition at the Royal Institution, by Dr. Philip, in 
conjunction with Mr. Brodie- Dr. Philip appears also to have sue 



8 MAGNETIC ORCA^'^riOJI OF THE HUMAN SYSTEM. 

ceeded in showing, that when the lungs and muscles are deprived 01 
their proportion of the nervous influence, so that their functions are im- 
peded, and the breathing has become difficult and laborious, increased 
facility is obtained in carrying on these movements by the stimulus of 
the galvanic power. 

"It appears, then, from these facts, that the galvanic energy is capa- 
ble of supplying the place of the nervous influence ; so that by means 
of its assistance, the stomach, otherwise inactive, digests its food as 
usual, and the muscular apparatus of the lungs is roused from a state 
of comparative torpor to one of healthy action." Dr. Philip, indeed, 
eontends " that the inferences deducible from these experiments es 
tablish the identity of galvanism, electricity, and nervous influence." 

We have lastly to describe briefly the most remarkable and important, 
perhaps, of the discoveries of Dr. Sherwood. We allude to his simple 
and unerring method for the accurate diagnosis or determining of all 
chronic diseases. This method is founded upon the fact that the mag- 
netic or positive and negative forces described as constituting the mo- 
tive power or active principle in all organic life, always act in unison in 
a state of health, but are interrupted in disease, the signs of which can 
be distinguished with facility and certainty without any previous know- 
ledge of the case, as we shall proceed to show. 

The posterior spinal nerves are connected with the great sympathetie 
nerve, as is shown by Dr. Sherwood in his work on organic life, and ter- 
minate in the serous membranes or surfaces of the body, organs, and 
limbs, including those of the skin and fasciae of the muscles, and are the 
media of sensation. The ganglions of the spinal nerves having their 
location between the vertebrae along the spinal column, and being thus 
as is described connected with all the different organs of the body, 
Dr. Sherwood came to the conclusion that whenever these organs were 
tuberculated or diseased, that pressure on the ganglions of the nerves 
connected with them would necessarily produce pain in proportion to 
the intensity of the disease, and that the seat of the disease could 
readily be determined by the particular spot along the spine which 
proved tender. This conclusion was strikingly confirmed by experi- 
ence, and has been tested in so great a number and variety of cases 
during the very extensive practice of Dr. Sherwood for many years, 
that he has had no hesitation in declaring it an invariable law in the 
diagnosis of all diseases of the serous surfaces or tubercula. As the 
mucous surfaces are not connected with the nerves of sonsation, but only 
with the motor nerves, which are the media only of the forces which 
produce motion and not sensation ; disease in the surfaces will not 
produce pain in the nervous system, and will not, like the tubercular 
disease of the serous surfaces, manifest itself through the spinal column. 
These different arrangements of the nerves of motion and the nerves of 
sensation, account for the absence of the magnetic symptoms in disease 
of the mucous surfaces. 

Insensibility in these surfaces is as necessary to the maintenance of 
animal life, as sensibilitj' is in the serous surfaces. The most intense 
inflammation of the mucous surfaces never produce pain unless there is 
an extension of disease to the serous aurfaces, yet many modern medi 
cal writers still iventinu s to indulge in absurdities about the great and 
wonderful sensibility of £'.«© mucous surfaces. If. then, there is disease 



CASES EXTRACTED FROM DR. SHERWOOD'S DIARY. 9 

m any of the organs of the hody, which does not manifest itself as de- 
scribed, through the spinal nerves, the certain inference must be that it 
is confined to the mucous surfaces and membranes. For this class of 
disease, positive matter, such as the alkalies and gums, should be the 
jhief ingredients in the preparations for their cure. It will thus be 
seen, that Dr. Sherwood divides all diseases into two great classes, one 
of the serous, and one of the mucous surfaces, which are further subdi- 
vided into acute and chronic; and that for the location and distinguish- 
ing these classes of disease, be has discovered and announced a plain, 
accurate, and unerring method. The marked simplicity, clearness, and 
certainty of this classification of disease, and the treatment founded 
upon it, present a striking contrast to the old never-ending classifica- 
tion, and ever-varying symptoms and treatment of the medical schools. 
They have been tested and confirmed for many years by the large med- 
ical practice of Dr. Sherwood, and their remarkable success entitles 
them, we believe, to the consideration and confidence of the public. 

The identity of the magnetic forces with the vital principle, and the 
complete magnetic organization of the human system, are subject* 
which are attracting great interest in various parts of the world, and 
Mr. Smee, of England, has recently announced the magnetic organiza- 
tion of the brain as a remarkable discovery of his own, as was recently 
described in an article published in the Evening Post, of this city, 
This, as we have shown, is an old discovery on the part of Dr. Sher- 
wood, having been long since published by him, together with the reg- 
ular magnetic organization of the whole body. In corroboration of the 
success of Dr. Sherwood's treatment of chronic diseases we copy from 
his diary a few prominent' cases, which, had we space, might be greatly 
increased. In conclusion we would remark, that having associated 
with ourselves an experienced physician, familiar with his theory and 
practice, we are now fully prepared to carry out his views and continue 
his treatment of all chronic diseases in the same manner, and we trust, 
with the same success as heretofore. 



CASES EXTRACTED FROM DR. SHERWOOD'S DIARX. 

TUBERGULA OF THE EIGHT LUNG. 

Consumption. 

Doctor B. S. Lawson, of Cincinnati, rather light complexion, tall and 
slender frame, aged 32 years. Called to see him about the last of 
October, 1836. His health, he informed me, had been gradually de- 
clining about eight years, and about the middle of August last, he began 
to cough and expectorate very freely. On examining his neck, found 
the submaxillary and some of the cervical glands tuberculated ; and on 
applying pressure on the last cervical vertebrae, it produced pain, but it 
was more severe when applied on the right side between this vertebrae 
and the first dorsal, while pressure on the other vertebrae of the spine 
produced no pain or effect whatever. 

I now applied the stethescope to the right side of tho chest, and soon 



10 CASES EXTRACTED FROM 

found in the middle portion of it, a space of about three inches in 
diameter, where the respiration was entirely inaudible, indicating from 
the absence of the crepitous and mucous rattle, a large and solid cluster 
of tubercles, rendering this part of the lung impermeable and immov- 
able. The respiration was natural all round this portion of the lung, 
and in every other part of the chest. 

Diagnosis. Tubercula of the middle portion of the right lung. He 
now told me that a celebrated physician, who was attending him. had 
also examined him with the stethescope, and with the same result. He 
also tolcl me that percussion had been frequently applied, which uniformly 
gave a dull sound over that part of the lung. He has the usual pale, 
lean, and haggard look, or consumptive aspect of the countenance ; and 
the emaciation has made considerable progress; and he is gradually 
sinking. He has had prescribed for him, and ha3 persued the usual 
antiphlogistic treatment, including a large emetic tartar plaster over the 
front portion of his right lung, (from which he suffered severely,) with 
low vegetable and milk diet. 

Prescribed magnetic pills and plaster, with no restriction in diet. He 
commenced gaining strength in a few days after, and in about seven 
weeks, cr at the time he had finished taking one box of the pills, I 
examined him again with the stethescope, when the respiration was as 
audible, in the before-mentioned middle portion of the right lung, aa in 
every other part of the chest, but presented now very clearly, in this 
place, the sounds of bronchophony. His cough had now nearly abated, 
and he hod gained in this time so much flesh, as to make him appear 
better than he docs in his usual hearth ; and has lost entirely the pale, 
haggard, and consumptive aspect of his countenance. 

January 18, 1837. Examined his chest again. The sound of bron- 
chophony in the circumscribed space in the middle portion of the right 
lung, and his cough and expectoration have ceased, and percussion gives 
now a full, clear sound. 

He continues to gain flesh and strength, and his face, body, and limbs, 
have now the full and rounded form of a person in full flesh, and the 
most perfect health. 

It will be seen, that after distinguishing consumption by the new symp- 
toms, the chest is, in most cases, explored with the stethescope. This 
is done to ascertain the order and state of the tuberculations ; for, although 
they are detected in the first dawning of the disease — even in many cases 
before the cough commences — yet we cannot tell, without the aid of 
auscultation, whether these tubercles are scattered about at a distance 
from each other, or are adjoining each other in small or large clusters, 
like clusters of grapes, or have softened down and produced a small 
reparable or a large irreparable excavation. Hence the doubt that must 
exist in regard to the curab'lity of the disease in its last stages in this 
organ, by the natural remeciies, without the aid of auscultation, and hence 
its importance in this, as well as in many other diseases of the chest ; 
yet very few know anything of its advantage, in consequence of a de- 
plorable defect in the education of physicians. 

' : It may De useful for me to add to the above history of my case, that besiics the 
most perfect restoration of my health, (for such I be!:'.eve to be my happy fortune, 
a? far as I can judge,) that the above remedies have been a great benefit to me in 
another point of view. My physician, and other gentlemen of the profession. 



dr. sherwood's diary. 11 

aware of the great danger hanging over me, advised me to change my location for 
a mere southerly one, as affording the only hope, not of a restoration of my health, 
but of prolonging my feeble existence ; and beyond all doubt it was the best pre- 
scription in their power to make. Now, I do candidly believe, that my case was 
incurable under the common mode of practice, and that the most judicious practice 
known to the profession was pursued by him to whom I submitted my case. Ac- 
cording to the above advice, I determined to remove to the south, and had com- 
menced preparation by selling off a part of my property, when I was, by the kina- 
ness of a friend, (a physician too,) directed to Dr. Sherwood and his remedies— for 
which I consider myself under eternal obligation to the Merciful Disposer cf all 
good. 

" 1 do believe that every case of insipient tubercular consumption may be radi- 
cally cured by a use of the above remedies ; and I feel it my duty to submit my 
case with these few remarks, to the public, from the fact that thousands are carried 
to an untimely grave, in spite of the most scientific practice of the schools — that 
would, in my opinion, have been, with all certainty, saved by a use of the electro- 
magnetic remedies. B. S. LAWSON, M. D., Cincinnati. 

TtJBEBCULA OF THE RIGHT LUNG, HEART, STOMACH, LIVER, SPLEEN, KID- 
NEYS, SPINE, INTESTINES AND UTERUS. 

Mrs. P., of the city of New York, of light complexion, arid small and 
slender frame. I was called to see her on the 20th of May, 1837, and, on 
examining her spine, found she had tubercula of the right lung, heart, 
stomach, liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines and uterus. On inquiry, I 
found that she was married at the age of 15 years, and had suffered two 
abortions. The disease commenced about two years before, in the 
uterus, with leucorrhoea, and was thence propagated to the stomach, 
and thence to the liver, spleen, heart, kidneys, and at last to the right 
lung. In January of the above year, cough and expectoration com- 
menced, and had continued to that time. The whole length of the spine 
was very sensitive to the touch, and she could consequently bear but 
very little pressure upon it. On her observing that there was some 
swelling along her back, I examined it, and found a white swelling along 
each side of the spine, extending from the sixth dorsal to the third lum- 
bar vertebrae. As this was an extraordinary case of tubercular disease, 
involving so many organs, as well as the vertebrae at the same time, I 
requested the liberty of inviting several distinguished physicians to see 
it, before I commenced the use of the remedies. This request being 
granted, I invited four of them to see it ; all of whom agreed, after an 
examination of the case, that it was hopeless of cure, under the use of 
the common remedies. I then commenced the use of the magnetic 
remedies — the plaster to extend the whole length of the spine. Her 
health began to improve soon after. About the first of July, her cough 
and expectoration had increased during a few days ; and on an exami- 
nation of the chest with the stethoscope, I found an excavation in the 
upper part of the right lung, showing that a cluster of tubercles had 
softened down and made their way into the air-tubes, and left an exca- 
vation since I first examined her lungs. 

Her health, soon after, began to improve again ; the white swellings 
of the vertebras disappeared; and in about seven weeks the excavation 
was healed and entirely closed, and her cough and expectoration also 
disappeared in a few months after. The other tuberculated organs were 
gradually reduced to the natural state ; and soon after, the state of ges- 
tation was renewed, and continued through the natural period. 



12 CASES EXTRACTED FROM 

TUBERCULA OF THE LUNGS. 

Rapid Consumption. 

Mrs. P. S., of S., Hamilton county, Ohio, aged twenty-eight years. 
[ was called to see her, September 18th, 1833. She had hectic fever, 
with cough, expectoration, night sweats, and diarrhoea. On applying 
the stethoscope to the chest, it gave the symptoms of tubercular en- 
gorgement of the left lung. These symptoms came on about three 
weeks before, and two weeks after her confinement with her last child. 
She had irregular pains in the left side of the chest, for three months 
previous to her confinement, and was unable to sleep on her right side, 
as an attempt to do so increased the painful sensations in her left side. 
On examination, I found a number of tubercles on the left side of her 
neck, from the size of a pea to that of a large bean, and one on the side 
of the lower jaw, of the same side, of the size of a small walnut. Two 
physicians had prescribed for her, but she continued to get worse, ana 
her flesh and strength were wasting rapidly. Prescribed magnetic- pills 
and plaster. These alarming symptoms were checked in a few hours ; 
her health soon began to improve ; and in three weeks her cough, fever, 
night sweats aud diarrhoea had disappeared, and in another week her 
health was re-established. This was a case of rapid consumption, and 
she would not have survived, under the common treatment, more than 
one or two weeks longer. 

TUBERCULA OF THE STOMACH, HEART, AND EYES 

Dyspepsia, Enlargement of the Heart, and Scrofulous Sore Eyes. 

Mr. H. B. C, of the city of New York, aged 25 years, called to con- 
sult me in May, 1837. He had been out of health about ten years, 
was much emaciated, and was suffering severely with dyspepsia, hyper- 
trophy of the heart, and scrofulous sore eyee 

The disease of the stomach commenced in 1828, with the usual symp- 
toms of dyspepsia, which had continued with varying severity. In 1831, 
he began to feel a hard beating of the heart, and in 1834, the disease 
commenced in both eyes. He had consulted, and been under the care 
of a number of distingushed physicians, without having received any 
material benefit. Prescribed magnetic remedies. His health commenced 
improving immediately, and in about six months was entirely restored, 
and continues good to this time. 

New York, June 12, 1840. 

1 have read the above concise history of my case, and am pleased to 
have an opportunity to add my testimony to the value of the above- 
mentioned remedies ; for I had given up all hopes of being cured, long 
before I was induced to try them 

H. B. Cowles, 198 Broadway. 

TUBERCULA OF THE LIVER AND EYES. 

J. H, Esq., of L., Ohio, aged 34 years, called for advice, May 12, 
1835. On examining the spine, I commenced between the first joint of 
the neck and skull, and pressed in the spaces between the joints below, 
one after another, and it produced no pain until I had descended to the 
npace on the right side, between the 7th and 8th dorsal, when pressure 
between these, and between the Sth and 9th produced pain, which on 



dr. shkhwood's diary. 13 

every repetition of the pressure, darted into the liver. Pressure along 
the joints helow these, produced no pain or effect whatever. On in- 
quiring into the history of this case, I found the disease commenced in 
the liver, about six years ago, terminated in abscess, and broke 
and discharged through the intestines, four different times during thia 
period. He is now feeble, and just recovering from the formation and 
discharge of the last one, which had reduced him nearly to death, and 
from which he and his physicians had but little hope of his recovery. 

Mr. H. brought with him his son, aged three years, with hereditary 
scrofulous sore eyes. The eye-lids of both eyes are very much swollen 
and inflamed, and the inflammation extended over both eye-balls, which 
had two ulcers of the cornea. The light was so painful to the eyes, as 
to render it necessary for him to hold a handkerchief almost constantly 
over them. The ganglia, or line of glands on both sides of his neck, 
with the submaxillary under the jaws, were very much enlarged and 
painful under pressure. The disease commenced more than two years 
since, and he has, since that time, been subjected to thorough courses of 
treatment, with the most popular remedies, without any apparent benefit. 

The magnetic remedies were prescribed, and were effectual remedies 
in both the3e cases. 

TUBERCUI,A OF THE SPINE AND NECK. 

Kifig's Evil, and White Swelling of the right side of the Spine. 

Master J. M. S , of Union, Butler county, Ohio, aged seven 

years. I was called to see him, August 3d, 1833. He had a white 
swelling on the under jaw of the right side, and a number of large tuber- 
cles on the same side of his neck, and a white swelling on the right side 
of the lower dorsal vertebra;, (back bone.) and it was now about three 
weeks since the disease commenced. Prescribed magnetic pills and 
plaster. In sis weeks the white swellings disappeared, and his usual 
good health was re-established. 

September 23rd, 1833. Prescribed for Master W. C, the brother of 

Master J. M. S , aged 4 years. He had a white swelling of the 

neck, and lower jaw of the right side, over tubercles on the same side 
of the neck. Prescribed magnetic pills and plaster. In five weeks the 
swellings and tubercles had disappeared. His health continues good. 

The case of J. M. S , under the common treatment, like the fol- 
lowing case of Master J. S , would have terminated in distortion of 

the spine and lumber abscess. This disease always commences with 
white swelling on the front or back side of the spine. 

TUBERCULA OF STOMACH AND UTERUS. 

Dyspepsia and Leucorrhaa. 

Miss M. D , of dark complexion and naturally full habit, called 

on me May 28, 1833, with the usual symptoms of dyspepsia and leu- 
sorrhoea. The disease commenced about a year ago with leucorrhoca, 
and it soon extended to the stomach : she has no vomitings, but dis 
tress, and sometimes pain in the stomach, and at others in the right or 
left side of the lower part of the chest, or between the shoulders, with 
palpitations, and accompanied more or less with pain or weakness in 
the small of the back. She says she has lost considerable flesh, and is 
feeble and unable to labor, as an attempt to do so, or to walk up a hill 



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CASES EXTRACTED FROM 



or up stairs, produces or increases the palpitations, when she feels 
feint, and is soon out of breath. 

Pressure on the second, third, and fourth dorsal vertebras, produces 
pain, which darts into the stomach ; and pressure on the third, fourth, 
and fifth lumber vertebras, produees pain, which darts violently into 
the region of the uterus. 

Diagnosis. Tubercula of the stomach and uterus. Prescribed mag- 
netic pills and plaster. Her health soon began to improve, and in six 
weeks -was fully restored. 

TUBERCULA OF THEENTERY.AND MESTESINES TIN 

Tabes Mesenterica and Diarrhoza. 

Master M. Gk M., of Cincinnati, aged three years. I called to see 
him, August 25th, 1834. He has an enlargement of the abdomen, and 
diarrhoea. 

The disease commenced when he was three or four weeks old, 
and has continued to this time. . His limbs are very slender, and 
his muscles soft and flaccid, and his joints appear very large pro- 
portioned to the size of his limbs. He has five or six tubercles on 
each side of his neck, some of them very large. Two or three phy- 
sicians have attended and prescribed for him at different times, without 
any apparent benefit. 

Diagnosis. Chronic tubercula of the intestines and mesentery. Pre- 
scribed magnetic pills and plaster. 

The diarrhoea disappeared in a few days, and the enlargement of 
the abdomen, with the tubercles, began gradually to subside, and in 
seven or eight weeks they disappeared, and he had gained considerable 
flesh and strength, and had no appearance of disease, and his health 
continues good 

TUBEBCULA OF THE NECK. 

King's Evil. 

Master John Watson, of the city of New York, aged eighteen years. 
He had large tubercles on both sides of his neck, and the last part of 
November, 1838, a general swelling commenced over them, and grad- 
ually increased to December 19th of the same year, when they had 
become very large. He then commenced the use of the magnetic 
remedies. Matter was formed in the swelling on the left side, which 
broke and discharged scrofulous matter six or seven weeks. The ab- 
scesses then healed, and the swelling, with that on the right side of the 
neck, entirely disappeared in about six months from the time he com- 
menced the use of the remedies. His health was then re-established, 
and has continued good to this time. Sept. 1, 1840. 

TUBERCULA OF THE JOINTS AND LIMBS 

In consequence of there being no generally known remedy for tuber- 
cmla. it is the practice in this country, and in Europe, and in the hospi- 
tal and country practice, to amputate or cut off the limbs in cases of 
tubercula, or white swellings of the joints or limbs, whenever the dis- 
ease is supposed to have advanced so far as to endanger life. The relief 
in such case is, however, generally very temporary, as the disease is 



dr. sherwood's diary. 15 

commonly soon developed in another joint, limb, or organ, and such 
patients consequently receive, from such severe operations, but a brief 
immunity from pain and death. In the case given of Mr. J. S., of 
Preble county, the thigh was amputated for a white swelling of the 
right knee ; but the disease soon after attacked him in the left hip, and 
then in the left foot, when that of the hip became passive. If in this 
case, the left leg, like the thigh of the right side, had been amputated 
on account of the disease in the foot, according to the common prae 
tice, the disease in the hip would have quickly become active, and Mr 
J. S. soon numbered with the dead. 

This case, with that of Miss M. Gr., of Springfield, with acute white 
swelling of the heel ; and Master W. L., of Madison, with the disease 
in all the limbs and many of the joints, with a great variety of similar 
cases, show what is effected by the natural remedies, without amputa- 
tion. And I may here remark, that on examining the cases of amputa- 
tion for tubercula of the joints and limbs, reported in the London Medico- 
Chirurgical Review, during the last ten years, and including those that 
are called by different names, but really the same disease, there can be 
little or no doubt, but at least three-fourths of the number would have 
been rendered unnecessary, if the use of these remedies had been com- 
menced, even at'as late a period as that in which the operations were 
performed. And this opinion is hazarded with the full knowledge of 
the fact, that these reports were principally from the Hospitals of Lon- 
don and Paris, and that these operations were performed by, or with 
the advice of physicians and surgeons who rank among the first mem- 
bers of our profession. The tuberculous or scrofulous diathesis, or taint, 
is destroyed by the natural remedies, but remains in the system after 
these operations, and the disease is propagated to other organs anu 
limbs. 

TUBERCULA OF THE LEFT KNEE, STOMACH, AND LEFT LUNG. 

White Swelling, Dyspepsia and Consumption. 

Master Alexander Benedict, of light complexion, aged 15 years, came 
into my office on crutches, in June, 1837, accompanied by his father. 
On examining the son, I found he had a white swelling on the left knee. 
d,nd tuberculated stomach and left lung. The disease commenced in 
the knee about five years before, and progressed gradually under the 
treatment of the best physicians and surgeons of this city, until Febru- 
ary, 1837, when the disease commenced in the lungs, with cough and 
expectoration, which still continued, and he was then pale, feeble and 
emaciated Prescribed the magnetic remedies. I heard no more from 
the case until Ootober of the same year, when he called at my office 
with his father, in perfect health. The white swelling of the knee, with 
the cough and expectoration, had entirely disappeared, and he had 
gained so much flesh and strength as to make him appear in as good 
health as that of any other person, and his health has continued good 
to this time. 

New York, June 8, 1840. 

J have read the above description of the case of ray son, and will add to it the 
fact of my having paid to the best physicians and surgeons of this city, about a 
thousand dollars for their attendance on him, and that they had given up the cas-j, 
and told me that he could not be cured, but must die; when a gentleman (Mr. 



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CASKS EXTRACTED FROM DR. SHERWOOD's DIARY. 



Baker) advised me to take him to Dr. Sherwood; I did so, and got him cured at last 
as stated above, for ten dollars.* ' 

SAMUEL W. BENEDICT, 

No. 2 Merchants Exchange. 
* 1 have a great number of similar cases which have terminated in the same 
manner, and in which from fifty to five hundred dollars have been first paid to other 
physicians and surgeons for their attendance upon them. H. H. S. 

DR. SHERWOOD'S SYSTEM 

FOE. 



DETECTING TUBERCULOUS OR SCROFULOUS DISEASES. 



Press between these 
joints to find symptoms 
of tubercles of the head, 
throat and tongue. 

Here to find them of the 
arms, (rheumatic.) 

Here to find them o.' 
the lungs and heart. 

Here to find them of 
the stomach and large 
intestines. 



Here to find them of 
the liver. 

Here to find them of 
the small intestines. 

Here to find them of 
the kidneys. 

Here to find them of 
the uterus. 

And here to find thew 
of the genital onr»n« 




Five lumbar 
vertebra-. 



Sacrum, and 

r>« CO ex. 



There are seven cervical vertebrae, twelve doreal, and five lumbar ; these vertebrae, with 
ihe sacrum and os coccyx, constitute the spinal column. The spinal cord passes from the 
brain along the round cavity through the middle of the vertebrae, and the above ganglions 
are connected with it and the sympathetic nerves, which are also connected with the 
organs and muscles. 



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